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200,000 Free Seats Available on Megabus

December 14, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Megabus announced that it is offering 200,000 free seats for travel between January 9, 2013 through February 28, 2013 — and you can book a reservation for your free seats today using a special promotion code. The free seats are subject to availability for travel to and from cities served by Megabus in the United States and Canada. You will need to use the promotion code...

Earn 100 Free jetBlue TrueBlue Points in Seconds; Enter For a Chance to Win More

December 14, 2012 by Brian Cohen

If you are a member of the jetBlue TrueBlue frequent flier loyalty program and you are also a member of facebook, you could earn a quick and easy 100 TrueBlue frequent flier loyalty program points just for “liking” the facebook “page” of jetBlue Airways — and by entering the sweepstakes daily through December 22, 2013, you have chances to win one of the following prizes instantly...

Kevin Pinto to Leave Delta Air Lines

December 12, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Kevin Pinto — who currently handles the worldwide marketing communications, programs and recognition for Delta Air Lines — has announced that his last official day will be December 31, 2012. As someone who has known this news for several months, I can assure to you that...

Ryanair’s Cheesecake Calendar Ploy

December 14, 2012 by Gerry Wingenbach

Like a lot of airlines, but even more than most, Dublin-based Ryanair gets a lot of media publicity. Much of the low-cost carriers plight is due to the major-league mouth of CEO Michael O’Leary, who often plays the role of whoopee cushion to Virgin Airlines’ golden boy Richard Branson.

Oil Refinery Purchase by Delta Air Lines Update: Smart Move, or Simply Fuelish?

December 13, 2012 by Brian Cohen

The Gate reported in April earlier this year that Delta Air Lines was considering the purchase of an oil refinery, which was considered an unusual business transaction for a commercial airline — and a risky one at that. Many of the problems associated with owning an oil refinery are considered outside of the scope of resolving issues with operating an airline. For example...

New Pricing Display at Internet Web Site of American Airlines

December 12, 2012 by Brian Cohen

FlyerTalk members awoke this morning to a new way in which American Airlines displays pricing for airfares on its Internet web site — but if you are used to booking your airline tickets at the Internet web site of Alaska Airlines, you should feel right at home. Although many FlyerTalk members do not like the changes in how to book an airline ticket, American Airlines claims that its new booking engine is simple, citing the following enhancements

Was a Double Amputee Passenger Mistreated By the Airline?

December 14, 2012 by Brian Cohen

There is anger and public outrage over the treatment by airline employees of a passenger who no longer has his legs — but FlyerTalk members question the details of the incident as it was reported. Lance Corporal Christian Brown of the United States Marine Corps claims that he was “humiliated” to the point of tears on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Washington after being wheeled to the back row of the plane, according to a complaint sent to the airline by...

Triple Points Promotion: Earn Up to 50,000 Choice Privileges Bonus Points

December 13, 2012 by Brian Cohen

Register before your first qualifying stay at a Choice Hotels property and you will earn triple Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points after your second qualifying stay — with the potential to earn up to 50,000 Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program points through February 20, 2013. Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum members of the Choice Privileges frequent guest loyalty program can book directly with a hotel property; however, if you book through the Internet web site of Choice Hotels, you will receive...

Empire State Building: At as Much as $193.50, Is It Worth Visiting?

December 11, 2012 by Brian Cohen

As I sat in the middle of Herald Square earlier this evening, I stared at one of the most iconic symbols of New York as it was bathed in blue and gold light, commemorating the Jewish holiday of Chanukah. The limestone and granite exterior of the Empire State Building was temporarily awash with the orange-yellow light of the rapidly fading sun, accentuating its majesty while it commands the Manhattan skyline with the cobalt backdrop of the sky at dusk, as tourists and shoppers — filled with the holiday spirit fueled by a refreshing chill in the air — happily scurry on the streets below. For decades, the world-famous Empire State Building — designated as a National Historic Landmark — has been one of the top destinations in New York, attracting millions of visitors every year. I have visited the top deck on the 102nd floor a number of times, as it was always a good deal. However, I received “sticker shock” when I contemplated the journey up to the top deck yet again. The costs are as follows...

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